Vision & Values
Following Jesus together,
for the renewal of all things.
When we dream about the future, we see a growing and diverse movement of Jesus followers reimagining what it means to be the church. It looks like constantly keeping our eyes on Jesus, our Lord and Savior, as we respond to his gracious invitation to follow him. It looks like sacrificially pursuing life together, as we seek to live as daughters and sons of God in His new family. It looks like being sent by the Holy Spirit to the places we live, work, and play to join God in bringing healing and renewal to the world he loves, as we share the love and good news of Jesus with our neighbors.
We WELCOME and invite others in.
The gospel is fundamentally good news about the welcome of God. In the same way that God has welcomed us as sinners saved by grace, so too we welcome all people, inviting them to the God of grace who has revealed Himself in Jesus.
Luke 10:25-37 & 15:11-32
We SEEK God through scripture and prayer.
God invites us into a personal relationship where we know Him, not
just about Him. Therefore, we listen to His voice as He speaks through scripture, which we believe tells the one true story of the world – a story which leads to Jesus. And we speak to God through prayer, which means talking to Him about all our cares and concerns, giving thanks for His goodness and grace in our lives, and listening to His still, small voice.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 • Matthew 5:5-15 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
We GATHER and prioritize relationships.
Jesus once said that the world will recognize his followers by the way we love one another. This means that following Jesus is not simply about one’s personal relationship with God. It’s about belonging to the new family of Jesus, where we learn to live together as sisters and brothers, daughters and sons of our Father in Heaven.
John 13:34-35 • Romans 12:10 Ephesians 2:19 • 1 Timothy 5:1-2
We spend time in WORSHIP.
To be human is to worship. Whatever we find most meaningful, beautiful, valuable, and satisfying will inevitably become the object of our worship. The question is not whether we will worship – the question is what or whom will we worship. As Jesus-followers, we worship the one in whose image we were made. And while we understand worship as a posture of the heart, we gather regularly to give expression to our worship.
Deuteronomy 5:6-7 • Psalm 103 & 105 Hebrews 10:25
We look to GIVE generously.
The Scriptures claim that every good thing we have is a gift from God. Simply put, the heart of God is filled with generous love. It’s who He is. This character trait of God is made most clear in the person and story of Jesus, who was rich but for our sakes became poor. Therefore, as followers of Jesus, we look to be generous with all the resources God has given us.
1 Corinthians 8 • James 1:17-18
We SERVE one another and our neighbors.
Jesus once told his disciples that he did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many. We want to follow Jesus in this pattern of service to one another and others. This means the church does not exist merely for its own sake but for the sake of the world God loves.
Mark 10:42-45 • Galatians 5:13
We work to BUILD bridges across the barriers that divide us.
The message and ministry of reconciliation is at the heart of Christianity. Through his death and resurrection, Jesus accomplished reconciliation with God for all who trust and follow him. But for followers of Jesus, reconciliation is not simply vertical; it’s horizontal too. We are reconciled to God so that we can be agents of reconciliation in the world, building bridges across the barriers that divide us such as race, socioeconomic status, politics, and so much more.
1 Corinthians 5:16-21 • Galatians 3:26-29
In a nonstop world filled with distractions and demands, we take time to stop, rest, breathe, and delight in God’s good and beautiful creation. Within the first pages of Scripture, we see God resting – not because He had to, but because He wanted to show us how it’s done. Jesus also embraced rhythms of rest, as he often withdrew to quiet places to rest and be with his Father. When we rest, we remind ourselves and others that someone else is in charge. So we rest.
Genesis 2:2-3 • Deuteronomy 5:12-16
Matthew 11:28-30 • Luke 5:16